“Think about that feeling in your stomach when you forgot to bring your lunch to work and you couldn’t run out to buy one,” says Kelsey Williams, “Now times that feeling by 24 hours. That is how some families in Calgary feel every day.”
Supporting I Can for Kids through their first annual Summer BBQ, Community Natural Foods understands the effects of childhood summer hunger. “To support I Can for Kids, you are helping rid that feeling in children’s tummies and making a memorable summer for them instead of a hungry one,” says Williams, Marketing Analyst & Loyalty Coordinator for Community Natural Foods.
As a store that prides itself in bringing Calgarians quality, healthy natural and organic products, Community Natural Foods strives to support the health and well-being of their communities.
Williams explains that as a small business, they do not have a large donation budget. “To be able to give back to organizations when we can really means a lot to us. Community is in our name and it’s important to us that we can help our communities flourish, even if it’s in a small way.”
Community Natural Foods typically supports sustainability and food initiatives in their communities. They accomplish this by supporting food-related events, providing “leftovers” and/or almost expired food to the Community Kitchen Program, and providing food to several organizations throughout Calgary as an in-kind donation.
What is your favorite childhood memory of summer? Eating fresh plums from my grandparents garden in Summerland and having the juices run down my face!”
―Kelsey Williams, Community Natural Foods
Following their Summer BBQ, Williams explains that while this was their first time supporting I Can for Kids, it “certainly won’t be our last!”
“After hearing some of the stories and great accomplishments that I Can for Kids have had so far, how could we not support them? Every child deserves a meal, regardless of the time of year and I Can for Kids is helping Calgarians do that.”
To learn more about Community Natural Foods and how they are helping their communities to flourish, please visit communitynaturalfoods.com.
Thank you Community Natural Foods for your support in helping us feed children and youth in Calgary this summer! Your contribution will make a huge difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve.